People always preach, “Start reading early to your baby to incorporate good reading habits”.
Have you ever heard someone recommending watching a movie with your child to make her understand what kind of content she should curate?
Books are the primary source of food for brain but movies can be educational and informative too. It is imperative to draw a line for screen exposure but a bit of it can be a fun learning experience for your child. We at “The Learning Curve” understand how to make learning fun by fine-tuning the balance between story and movie time for our little learners. Children love the jovial characters, bright colour, and lively music track and learn about classic characters like Cinderella, Aladdin, Peter Pan, along with the key takeaways in a fun filled way even by watching a movie.
When and How to show Movie to Toddlers?
It is not advisable to expose your child to screen before 18 months of age as it might lead to developmental delay. Screen exposure for limited supervised period would not hamper her growth but don’t let the child make it to be the only resort for entertainment.
Keeping movie time as a group activity can be good to boost social skill. Always make the child understand the characters involved and story line as they are too young to comprehend and ask questions in between to make it engaging. So which movie can you watch with kids ? Well we made a list of our favourites to share with you.
Choosing Movies for Toddlers Here is a list of fun filled informative movies you can watch with your little munchkin:
Isn’t car one of the favourite toys of your child? What a fun filled learning experience it will be when your child will watch a movie of their favourite toy that talks about leadership, sportsmanship, integrity, humility, patience, tolerance, gratitude. In the movie, Lightning McQueen, a hot-shot race-car learns ‘Life is not about winning or losing the race, rather it is about learning your lessons well while crossing the finish line’ when it gets waylaid in Radiator Springs and discovers true meaning of family and friends.
- Winnie the Pooh (2011)
The more the merrier. “Winnie the Pooh” has so many characters having different personality traits, children will learn about distinct personality trait that makes every person unique. There is something remarkable about “Winnie the Pooh”- even small and frail Piglet has the potential to show empathy and kindness. Thus, teaching children that size doesn’t matter but a random act of kindness can brighten the world. Everyone will teach your child that there is always a silver lining: Tigger will teach them about life-long friendship while Pooh- the cuddly and charming bear is a perfect example of making them understand the importance of mindfulness, living in the present and following their passion.
- Finding Nemo (2003)
Don’t we tell our children to listen to us? If you want to make your child learn the importance of obeying us (their parents), “Finding Nemo” is the one for your child and you. Nemo is a lovable fish but being naughty doesn’t listen to his father and gets captured from the Great Barrier Reef and is sent to Sydney. It also demonstrates the selfless love of parents as his father; a meek clown fish travels across the ocean to bring back Nemo. There is a lesson for parents too- give your child the wings though they might fail a few times but eventually they will learn to fly.
So just keep swimming
- The Lion King (2019)
Take a trip to Savanna with your child by watching “The Lion King” which revolves around Simba and his friends and portrays the circle of life. It will be a great lesson for your child to learn that no matter how hard she tries to run away from the past and her duties and responsibilities, she has to fight her own quest to become the queen/king all while having no worries.
So Hakuna-Matata and go for it, baby!
- The Jungle Book (2016)
Do you know Rudyard Kipling is not only about a man-cub named Mowgli, bunch of lovable jungle characters, amazing storyline and memorable songs? It has many life
lessons for your child. You can teach your child about the power of love and how it can transcend across species as Mowgli is being protected and mentored by Bagheera throughout. Children always feel that they should
do things that their friends are doing like Mowgli always tried to fit in the pack of the wolf, it is only when Baloo taught him to embrace his uniqueness Mowgli realised his true potential.
Why fit in when you were born to stand out?
Every child dream to have some superpower. They definitely are blessed with uniqueness and are their own superheroes. Like Elsa didn’t rely on any other person and became Anna and her savior. “Frozen” shows how great power comes with great responsibilities and as a parent, we have to embrace our child’s superpower instead of hiding it from the world then only they can blossom and utilize their true potential. No matter how much talented your child is, you should teach her how to master her power which Elsa’s parents were not able to do and it had serious repercussions for everyone around her.
Children would love a delicate girl who has rats and cats as friends; does all the domestic work and faces so much trouble caused by her stepmother and sisters. “Cinderella” has the theme of good winning evil with the help of fairy Godmother and her tiny friends. By watching “Cinderella”, you can teach your child kindness towards all, forgiving others for doing wrong, and never letting bad things ruin your heart.
Your child will surely love Rapunzel who is adorable, adventurous, curious and pursue her hobbies in her spare time. Teach your child to get out of comfort zone to explore, expand and grow like Rapunzel who even after being locked in a tower for years had to courage to leave her comfort zone in the hope to see the floating lanterns and even the tallest of towers shouldn’t dissuade her from stop dreaming. Even as a parent we should always motivate and never lose hope like Rapunzel’s parents who use to have floating lanterns every year on her birthday believing one day she will return following the lanterns and their hope did work well.
Children will love the adorable elephant named Dumbo by bullies for having large ears conquers his fear and emerges as a winner. Dumbo portrays the unconditional love of a mother and child. “Baby mine” song in the movie will definitely bring all the mothers to tears. A child will learn to embrace her uniqueness after watching Dumbo as her uniqueness is her strength.
So, believe in yourself as the baby you were born this way. There are always better things coming your way!
- Shrek (2001)
Children always think about a beautiful princess and a handsome prince when it comes to fable. Shrek, an ogre (a mythical creature) breaks that perception and proves that beauty cannot be defined and it comes in all shapes and sizes. The movies tell the stories of Shrek and his adventures — from rescuing Princess Fiona, to finding Prince Arthur so he can be the king of Far Far Away. “Shrek” also has a lesson for parents that we should respect our child’s choice because it might be best for them and make them truly happy.
Note to parents: How much screen exposure is too much? Well, we looked at what experts say …
The American Association of Pediatrics’ (AAP) guidelines on screen time say:
- For children younger than 18 months, avoid the use of screen media other than video-chatting
- Parents of children 18 to 24 months of age who want to introduce digital media should choose high-quality programming, and watch it with their children to help them understand what they are seeing
- For children ages two to five years, limit screen use to one hour per day of high-quality programs. Again, parents should be watching it with their children.
- For children ages six and older, place consistent limits, making sure screen time does not get in the way of sleep and physical activity.
The Canadian Pediatric Society goes further, saying screen time for children younger than two is not recommended.
At The Learning Curve, we keep MOVIE TIME wherein we engage children in play as well as watch movies …Watch out for MOVIE TIME at a learning curve center near you.